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with the powerful nra today, getting ready for a big announcement next week. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl now tells us what happened. >> reporter: on the day vice president biden met with the national rifle association, he made it clear he's pushing for the biggest expansion of gun control in two decades. >> there's got to be some common ground here. >> reporter: biden's proposal will likely include mandatory background checks on virtually every gun sale, and a ban on semi-automatic weapons and those ammo clips that hold dozens of bullets. that will pit him squarely against the nra. >> everything that's been proposed impinges on people who have every right to own firearms. >> reporter: the nra has long been a lobbying force like no other. its unwavering opposition to gun control immortalized by its late president, charlton heston. >> from my cold, dead hands! >> reporter: they even managed to expand gun rights during president obama's first term, leafizing guns in national parks and on amtrak. the nra has lots of money, $3 million on campaign contributions and lobbying last
. that will pit him squarely against the nra. >> everything that's been proposed impinges on people who have every right to own firearms. >> reporter: the nra has long been a lobbying force like no other. its unwavering opposition to gun control immortalized by its late president, charlton heston. >> from my cold, dead hands. >> reporter: recent polls suggest an opening for some gun control. a majority now favoring a ban on semiautomatic handguns. but it would be a mistake to think the nra's influence has waned. in the three weeks after the shooting in newtown, connecticut, the nra added more than 100,000 new members. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. >>> and even as the vice president was holding those meetings in washington, another school shooting was taking place. this time, in california. police say a student snuck a shotgun into school and then struck one classmate in the chest and fired on another. fortunately, a heroic science teacher was able to talk him down and disarm him. a sheriff said that the 16-year-old gunman told investigators he targeted the two students because they had
which is what he's trying to do with the nra. obama's approval rating 52%, the nra's approval rating 54%. >> congress is 17%. >> since gun control came back to the top of the agenda, the nra has acquired 250,000 new members so we'll find out. you saw by putting up the statements from some of the democratic senators that there's a resistance in the democratic caucus because they have six seats up next time. >> all of those senators, i showed. >> in states where mr. obama got less than 42% of the votes, the republicans need to control the senate six seats. >> how hard does he push this, cokie? >> i think he pushes parts of it. the assault weapons ban is obviously a huge problem and that's what most people pushing back against. although it is interesting with the increased number of women in congress that it might have a better shot than 1994, 29% of republican men voted for the assault weapons ban and almost 70% of republican women. so you could see a difference because of that. but i think that background checks, waiting period, you bi is suicide. and to put in a waiting period could he
talks about gun control at the white house and today he met with the nra. the nra said to many people were more interested in demonizing the second amendment than keeping shouldn'ts safe. they had proposed armed security guards previously. >>> the bp was talking guns the president was taking changes to his cabinet. he would replace the current secretary. he is the chief of staff right now but is getting a lot of attention for his loopy signature that will soon be on all newly printed money. >> working on his signature? >> not that i'm aware of. >> the selection is drawing criticism for the first time in years, all of the premiere cabinet positions be held by men. >>> and now more information on the flu outbreak spreading hard and fast across the country including right here. lisa sylvester has the latest on flu germs and how quickly they can spread. . >> reporter: we touched so many things without realizing it. take a simple trip on the subway. buying a metro card, going down the escalator. that's only the beginning. the flu virus can spread in a closed space like a subway station.
and members of the nra. chief johnson made his case for a ban on high capacity clips. >> like assault weapons, high capacity zens are not use -- high-capacity ammunition magazines, limiting them will limit the number of round as shooter candice charge before he has it reload. >> the head of the nra said lawmakers should not focus on new laws but rather enforcing the laws that are already on the books. >>> a week after reportedly attending the presidential inauguration to perform with her school band, a click teen is dead, a victim of gun violence. heidi pendleton was in a south side park with others when a group opened fire. she was shot in the back and later died at the hospital. >>> there's no secret. it is a bat toll fight childhood obesity. a local mother and author is working to encourage healthier choices. one author is bringing her words of wisdom on healthy living to a baltimore classroom. >> reporter: dr. fuller is bringing her knowledge to students. she's talking to them about eating healthy and exercising. >> i want them to walk away knowing that they really have the power to make
be called the meeting maybe a little less cordial. nra released a stinging statement following the sit- down saying it didn't produce ideas as curbing gun violence but instead hacking the second amendment. mr. biden said the one thing has come out of his immediateings is that consensus that background checks need to be strengthened overall. >>> and adding urgency to the debate another school shooting. this one in taft, california war 16-year-old -- where a 16- year-old walked into the school and shot a classmate. police cred ate teacher and staffer with talking that shooter into putting the weapon down before things got worse. the victim is in critical condition. and we are learning that bullying may have been the motive behind the school shooting in california. and you have this scene in portland oregon a. two men armed with rifle taking to the streets and hoping to raise awareness about gun rights. instead it caused a near panic. when officers showed up, there was not much they could do. the pair had concealed carry permits and were not breaking laws. coming up, we have checked around thi
this is morning -- >> the nra says boosting school security is more effective in banning assault weapons in reducing gun violence. a top nra official appears on capitol hill this morning. wayne lapierre says police need to enforce existing gun laws and deny weapons to the mentally ill. >>> and the master mind of the manti te'o hoax is telling his side of the story for the first time. ron nigh ya tuiasosopo's interview with dr. phil interviews tomorrow. coming forward with the truth is part of the healing. he'll provide exact details of the hoax, in which he fooled te'o into believing he was his girlfriend. >>> former soldier brendan marrocco insisted on wheeling himself into a news conference yesterday. he used the arms that he had transplanted weeks ago. he also lost both lesion in a roadside bombing in iraq. >> i can rotate a little bit. this arm is pretty much not much movement at all. not yet. at least we're hopeful for the future to get some good function out of it. out of both of them. i really don't know what to say. it's such a big thing for my life. it's -- it's just fantastic.
. >>> face time. a first for the obama white house. the vice president meets today with the nra to discuss gun safety. >>> trapped in ice. a race against time to save a pod of killer whales. their only access to air is a small hole there in the ice sheet. experts, now, rushing to the scene. >>> and oscar's arrival. dreams will be made and broken this morning, as the academy award nominations are announced. >>> good thursday morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> and i'm rob nelson. experts in every state are scrambling to deal with a flood of flu patients. >> one city has declared a state of emergency. abc's tahman bradley has the very latest. >> reporter: doctors are calling it one of the fiercest outbreaks in a decade. this flu strain that started in october, instead of january, has spread to 41 states, hitting at least 2,200 people. >> i'm declaring a public health emergency in the city of boston. >> reporter: boston mass general is seeing unprecedented levels of patients. many of whom have to wait 24 hours to be admitted. in pennsylvania, one hospital had to set up a tent outside the emergency
members, the nra spent more than $1 million on campaign contributions last year, and more than $2 million on lobbying. 288 members of congress have an a-rating from the nra for opposing new gun laws. in fact, gun rights were expanded in president obama's first term, as carrying firearms was made legal in national parks and on amtrak. and since the connecticut school shooting, the nra has added 100,000 new members. in a written statement, the nra said it was disappointed with the biden meeting, adding, we will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals. all the talk of new restrictions has sparked a run on gun sales. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> not a shocker there. the white house and nra do not see eye to eye on the issue. now a battle is shaping up in congress. keep in mind, when they passed the assault weapons ban in 1994, democrats controlled the house and it still passed by that mump. now it's a republican controlled house, so no matter what they put on the table come tuesday, this thing has miles to go and it's going to be an uphill ba
of weapons. >> the nra says the bill has -- fired back against the bill saying senator feinstein has been trying to. [audio not understandable] >>> it said no assault weapons and angry vendors pulled out by the hundreds and the largest sports and outdoor show in the country is on hold. charley has more on why the eastern sports and outdoor show has been postponed and it's a whirlwind for people. >> sight start -- it started a week ago the day before the president announced his plan to increase control and the call for the assault weapons ban. reid exhibitions said they wouldn't i a lou the sale -- allow the sale or display of technical weapons. the show is up i-83 and slated to start next saturday. it's a huge event drawing thousands of people from all along the east coast including here in baltimore. and includes 1200 vendors from outfitters to hunting and fishing and camping suppliers. when the announcement was made 300 vendors pulled out including big names like the nra. a facebook page calling for the boycott started and gained 19,000 fans compared to the facebook page which had less
: and congress members vowing to take the nra head on. >> the gun lobby can be stopped my friends, they can be stopped. >> reporter: voices in the crowd taking the first steps in a long push to reform the nation's gun laws. they looked ahead to wednesday, the first congressional hearings for legislation on gun control. the head of the nra and the husband of gabby giffords, mark kelly, will testify. david? >> along with them so many of those families from newtown. >>> another image from washington, president obama in his first joint interview with someone other than his wife, instead hillary clinton, the two battling it out in the democratic primary. making history coming down to the two of them. they formed an alliance. behind the scenes and in front of the cameras. right here, as they observed the bodies the brought home from libya. is it about a campaign that's yet to come? here's abc's david kerlekerley. >> i think hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we've had. >> reporter: a first -- a dual interview with the president -- who told cbs' "60 minutes" why he want
things to know on this wednesday morning. the nra executive vice president will testify before the senate judicialary committee. it's holding a hearing about gun violence and what should be done for future prevention. the committee will hear from gabriel gifford's husband. gun control will be a topic of conversationton in newtown. they will hold a hearing about gun safety and mental health issues. blackberry devoteees have been waiting for this. there's a new phone with the blackberry 10 system. it's long overdue makeover for the technology which obviouseled -- struggled since the introduction of the iphone and android on the market. >>> the path train service between new york and new jersey resumes on a normal schedule. many of the stations flooded forcing them to be shut down so crews could make necessary repairs. >>> and security is one of the top priorities for the superbowl this weekend. and today, secretary of homeland security is talking about what they are doing to keep fans, players and employees safe during the big game. >>> we are minutes away from 7:00 and it's jack and jackie
the station that works for you. now, good morning maryland. >> the vice president sits down with the nra on the same day as another school shooting. how the events could impact recommendations handed to president obama next week. >>> throw on the purple and put on the game face. ravens leave tore denver for a critical playoff game and ravens fans are not far behind. we are live showing you how they will be heading out to the mile high city. >> what better way to show your pride than wearing 52. find out where ray lewis ranks in the hottest nfl jerseys. thanks for joining us i am megan pringle. >> i am charley crowson. we have to get you ready for today. we have our purple on. it's playoff purple friday. and how is the weather going to be out there mike masco is here to take a look. >> we are talking about temperatures starting out on the chilly side but 60s close to 70s on the weekend. we barbecuing? good idea. >> i like that. >> 34 right now -- right now at joppa. annapolis 37. and it's on the chilly side and things are going to be cloudy during the duration of the afternoon. weather he
're watching the station that works for you. now, good morning maryland. >>> ready, aim fire. the nra says it's an attack on your rights and the vice president says it's necessary. we will tell you what's happening now at a push to get tighter gun laws on the books. >>> can you get the flu if you've had a flu shot? what do you do if you get sick and what do you eat? as the outbreak gets worse we are working to get answers to your questions. >> reporter: happy purple friday. we have excited
sense measures to improve safety. you can expect a tough fight from the nra. >>> two planes clipped one another in miami. >> it was landing at the plane was headed for paris that was departing. reports in miami say they did have damage. >>> in one was hurt, the people were stranded and had to search for a flight. this is coming to us out of miami. the planes were so close to one another the faa is trying to determine how that could have happened. >>> the story is a recurring problem. another person is thrown from a platform on to the tracks. the victim pulled herself up as the train was coming. cameras show a man approaching her at a station in philadelphia. can you see him grab her and drag her off a bench and on to the tracks. unbelievable. police were able to find him and arrest him. >>> and in the tough times financial planners say more people are dipping into their 401(k) plans. experts say this is not a good idea unless you have to. the quick cash comes with a price. -- price. >> there are tax implications that you have to pay taxes on it. if you are not 59 and a half you have
weapons. >> the nra was quick to shout back. they said that they will reject the wrong headed approach. this legislation would ban 158 military style weapons and magazines with more than ten bullets. they say that's taking it a little to far. . >>> a pennsylvania mom believes her daughter's school went to far when administrators punished her for pulling out a paper gun in class. she said that she went to throw it away but a boy saw it and called the administrator. she said the employee yelled at her in front of class. she was even searched. >> he yelled at me and said that i shouldn't have never bring the gun to school and i kept telling him it was paper but he wouldn't listen. >> why did he stand over her and say you should call the cops? you can be arrested? why were you trying to scare her? >> she said the gun looks like a sheet of paper folded over. this '2was made by the girl's grandfather. >> here is a more positive approach to dealing the gun debate. a woman is using guns taken from the streets of newark new jersey and turning them into jewelry. >> reporter: jewelry for a
with closed-door meetings with nra lobbyist and state lawmakers. they showed up to support the right to bear and keep arms. this comes as others have protested the sale of semiautomatic rifles following a year of deadly mass shootings. >> they have the right to say whatever they would like unfirst amendment and i respect that. he don't have an issue of getting into a conversation with somebody but if they will argue with me don't argue with idiots. >> both side of the gun issue are keying a close eye on what law makers are going to decide to do about the legal sale of certain guns. >>> another gun control group is now happening in new york city. the million moms march will take place on the brooklyn bridge and end at city hall. there's march for dth dc chapter of 1 million moms. they are calling on law makers to take action in gun control legislation. >>> new video out of bulgaria. a man rushes on a stage during a national conference in bulgaria and points a gun at the leader of the country's ethnic turkic party he eud a gas pistol used for target practice most often. tried to shoot the part
view of weapons. >> well the nra sees battle lines being drawn and push back saying quote, senator feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law abiding citizens for decades. we are confident congress will reject her approach. >> in a consumer alert, the batteries being blamed for the boeing dream liners are being examined. investigators arerunning new tests in arizona to figure out what led to fires on run ways in boston and japan. >> you have a hard time sleeping because you snore or the person next to you in bed snores. >> or maybe the stress of your day could leave you dreaming of a scalp massage. that would be nice. these days specialty pillows promise to do all sorts of things. >> we're asking if they really are a dream. >> math thu all d -- matthew hall doesn't do it on purpose, he sdmoers and his wife lets him know. >> when i get swatted, i know it's time to roll over. >> now there's a growing market of specialty pillows to help people like matthew. >> minimizing snoring and sleep apnea with pillows that can provide a better support for people that have neck strain
tragedy. >> you must act. be bold, be courageous. >> reporter: the nra said the focus should not be on new laws. >> we need to enforce the thousand of gun laws already on the books. >> reporter: it is the mass shootings that capture the nation's attention, but every day the gun violence in the u.s. continues. last week, chicago teenager, was in washington for president obama's inauguration. she was gunned down in a park just a few blocks from her school. the apparent innocent victim of a gang war. president obama made gun control a priority for his second term, pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that will limit number of round in a magazine clip, renew a ban on so-called assault weapons and require universal background checks for gun purchases. the nra says it is no longer on board with that because it just won't work. >> you are never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks. >> reporter: republicans and even some rural state democrats agree. that is a big challenge for president obama. rob, sunny, become to you. >> all right, thank you, karen. the world's bigge
begins this morning on capitol hill. the nra is expected to tell lawmakers that an assault weapons ban and back ground checks are not serious efforts to stem gun violence. gabby gifford's husband, mark kelly, is also expected to testify at the hearing. >>> in trenton, new jersey, authorities are touting the haul of weapons now off the streets thanks to a gun buyback program, bringing in 2600 hand guns. someone even hurn r turned in a rocket launcher. the state paid out $324,000 for the weapons, no questions asked. >>> a federal court is upholding san francisco's new nudity ban, so keep it under wraps. a judge ruled the ordinance does not violate first amendment rights. activists argued the right to strip down is a freedom of expression. the ban covers public areas across san francisco and goes into effect friday. >>> a mowmento from mickey mantdle's baseball career. just 536 so-called career rings were made. one for each of his home runs. the one in question belonged to his youngest son and it was stolen from his home in texas in 2007 and resurfaced at a pawnshop. an appraiser figured
restrictions. members of the nra and wildlife interest groups will discuss their concerns over added gun control. >>> turning now to the growing public health crisis, the deadly flu outbreak has gotten so bad that one major city has declared an emergency and is offering free vaccines. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: in boston, the mayor sounded the alarm. >> today, i'm declaring a public health emergency in the city of boston. >> reporter: at mass general hospital, there are now 24-hour waits to be admitted. and when you do get in to see a doctor or nurse, they'll now be wearing protective masks. and in minnesota, where they've had almost 1,000 confirmed cases of the flu, they're trying everything to stop the spread. for up to five days, you may be infected and contagious without a single symptom. on day one of your symptoms, the very first time, your fever will spike as high as 104, even 106 degrees. severe headache and muscle aches, too. >> i was feeling dizzy and i couldn't breathe. >> reporter: by day three, add on a sore throat, stuffy nose and dry cough. this happens to be
the bill say they're protecting 2,200 named guns hunters and sportsman can use. the nra is already pushing back, saying senator feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades. but in a sign of where the nation stands, a new abc news washington post poll shows that 53% of americans support the kinds of gun reforms that president obama has proposed so far. mark greenblatt, abc news, new york. >> thank you, mark. of course, the president signed several executive orders. that was the first salvo in all of this. now the tougher battle is capitol hill. she says it's a battle worth having. we'll see what happens once it hits capitol hill. >> i think most americans, especially after newtown, they do support some port of gun control, perhaps not an aggressive form of gun control. but something. so why wouldn't it at least be passable? >> if the public is for it, you think capitol hill would respond. from '94 to 2004 in this country, we had an assault weapons ban. and you listen to people who supported it they say it worked and had the effect. you listen to the nra and o
on guns and violence. >> the time is now. you must act. >>> proposition. the head of the nra. so, who won the first round? >>> the $275 million man on the wroeps tonight? the guy who got all the glamour and the girls.t to go down? >>> and, cats going wild. what we just learned today about the secret life of fluffy. scientists track them and discover a kind of feline frankenstein. >>> good evening. we begin with that wall of wind howling across the country tonight. millions of americans bracing for the impact, everything from stalled trains and planes to tornadoes. and here is the map. an area from the florida panhandle to new york, under a severe weather warning. abc's steve osunsami is outside atlanta tonight in adairsville, georgia, where one powerful tornado has already torn through town. >> reporter: an hour north of atlanta, an amazing picture, the sky was falling. >> we've got debris flying to the left and center of this system. the sirens have been going off here. the wind is kicking up, along with the rain. again, a funnel crossing the interstate here in adairsville. >> reporter:
of firearms in the country. biden's panel will also meet with gun owners and the vice president of the nra later today. the task force will expected to make recommendations to the white house by the end of this month. >>> six minutes after 6:00 right now. help is on way the for families struggling to -- way for families struggling to pay their mortgage. today six legal aid organizations in baltimore will be getting more than $7 million to expand their program. more than half of money is coming from the $26 billion national mortgage settlement with the nation's five largest lendors. >>> all right, little sports for you this morning. tomorrow the ravens head to denver and the mile-high city. but before they take on the broncos, there's much work to be done. the players and staff are poring over game film and trying to figure out the right formula to do something they have never done in the playoffs before and that's shut down peyton manning. another concern? the air up there in the mile- high city. >> i think for us, you know just hydrating doing whatever we can do. you know to be ready. we
157 types of assault weapons. the nra and their congressional allies are unlikely to approve them. >>> and the senate has some new rules this morning to curb filibusters, which are used to block bills and nominations. senators overwhelmingly approved the new rule, which reduce but don't eliminate the number of times a filibuster can be used by the minority party. in return, the majority will to allow two minority amendments to bills. >>> and rhode island statehouse, lawmakers applauded after passing a bill to allow gay marriages. rhode island is the only state in new england that does not allow them right now. the bill's future in the state senate, though, is unclear. no vote is currently scheduled there. >>> and new jersey's republican governor, chris christie, is getting some political support from an unlikely source. he's facebook's founder, mark zuckerberg, who headlined events for president obama's re-election campaign. he will host an event for christie next month at his home in california. >>> the unbearable deep freeze menacing millions of americans is delivering yet anoth
is being held today. the head of the nra will ask congress not to blame law-abiding gun owners for the recent shootings. while mark kelly and gabby giffords are expected to push for universal back ground checks and limits on high capacity magazines. >>> in medical news, you may want to ask you boss for an earlier lunch hour. people on a diet who eat lunch early end up losing more weight than those that eat late in the afternoon. the body processes sugar differently te pending on time of day. >>> and finally, wow, the definition of american heroism. form eer soldier brendan marroc made a point of wheeling himself sp a press conference on tuesday. he was using transplanted arms. he lost his arms and legs in 2009. that has not stopped him. >> not having arms takes so much away from you. even your personality. i have oversome so much in the last four years. i really, honestly, wasn't worried about the risks. >> he says he feels like he's getting a second chance at life. he cannot wait to swim again. it might take two to three years to fully use his arms. another chance for us to th
. but the time is now. you must act. >> reporter: also testifying was the nra's wayne lapierre, who argued against new gun laws, including requiring background checks for all gun purchases. >> my problem with background checks is you're never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks. >> the president has not met with republicans like marco rubio to talk about his immigration plan. but he said in another interview, quote, i'm happy to meet with anybody, anytime, anywhere, to make sure this happens. >> jon karl, thanks very much. >>> let's go to josh elliott, for the other top stories. things heating up in the middle east. >> there's serious escalation in an already tense region. this morning, israel's military on high alert, after launching an air strike in syria. to the militant group hezbollah in lebanon. the attack appears to confirm fears that the chaotic civil war has left that country's sophisticated weapons vulnerable. russia called israel's attack unacceptable. >>> and chuck hagel sure to face tough questions during his first day of confirmation in the senate
. this comes after a day of a seemingly unsuccessful meeting with the national rifle association. the nra left the white house and said biden's task force is talking about feel-good measures that won't stop gun violence would be violate the second amendment. >>> the homeland security is telling people to stop running java software. it should be disabled right away because of a flaw that has just been found. and it's allowing hackers to take control of computers. one person says this is like open season for hackers. >>> and finally, i love this. take a look at two pictures going viral this morning. the first picture shows the president of russia, vladimir putin, talking to a boy at a church service. but look at the next shot taken seconds later, the boy is in complete shock. so, what did putin say to this poor child? online comments offer the following series. one, i am your father. two, i deleted your pokemon saved fail. or three, if you pick your nose one more time, i'll have it removed. there's word that vladimir putin may star in a reality show "supernanny." unclear when that will get the g
with represents from nra and walmart, to discuss gun safety. biden's task force is due to recommend policy changes by month's end. >>> this morning we learned the commuter ferry that crashed in manhattan, injured more than 80 people at the south street sea port wednesday, at new engines and a problematic new propeller system installed. no word if they're to blame for the ferry ramming into the dock. 11 of the injuries were described as serious. >>> also in new york, a 300-foot crane collapsed on to a building under construction. seven people were injured here, including three workers trapped in that twisted metal. thankfully, though, all are okay this morning. >>> and a real strikeout of sorts. for the first time in decades, baseball writers did not elect anyone to the hall of fame this year. stars of the so-called steroid era, including barry bonds and roger clemens and sammy sosa, were all shut out. roger clemens, you see him on the mound, later tweeted, and i quote, i'm not overly surprised. end quote. >>> and finally, an extremely close call for an extreme skateboarder. a curvy hill in a new y
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